The Quotes of the Civilization V Debut Trailer

Looking at the feedback which is appearing around the internet, it seems that people are questioning whether or not the quotes in the debut trailer for Civilization V are real.

I am happy to confirm that all of them are real and listed below for your contextual pleasure, but first lets recap the trailer itself, courtesy of Machinima.

In order, the quotes are:

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long supressed, finds utterance.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India and is considered one of the greatest Indian statesman. Along with Mahatma Gandhi, he is considered one of the architects of free India. Members of his family are still active in Indian Politics.

The second quote is from a speech by General Douglas MacArthur. It is slightly altered from the original. The full quote reads thusly:

Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

Douglas MacArthur was a five star US General, credited with masterminding some of the most significant victories in World War Two. He was also the American commander during the rebuilding of Japan from 1945 to 1950.

The third quote is the only one which is from ancient history. It is attributed to the the Athenian general Themistocles, who defeated two Persian invasions but eventually became a tyrant. The quote originates from Plutarch’s biography of the general:

I never learned how to tune a harp, or play upon a lute; but I know how to raise a small and inconsiderable city to glory and greatness.

Quote number four is from Otto Von Bismarck. A German aristocrat, Bismarck was responsible for uniting nearly 20 different kingdoms to create the Second German Empire. He is still regarded as a great statesman, not least for his use of realpolitik – the idea that political decisions should be taken on a practical rather then ideological basis.

Not by speeches and votes of the majority, are the great questions of the time decided — that was the error of 1848 and 1849 — but by iron and blood.

The penultimate quote is from Mao Zedong. Better known as Chairman Mao, he led a largely successful but bloody uprising in China which led to the country which we know today. While the quote specifically refers to Chinese communism, it is equally applicable to any mass movement.

I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.

The final quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt. Despite often being overshadowed by her husband’s reputation, Roosevelt was a diplomat and activist in her own right, campaigning for human rights and specifically the rights of women and children. The UN Declaration of Human Rights is often specifically credited to her.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Civilization V is due out in Autumn 2010.

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